The Google I/O 2018 keynote occurred yesterday and we’re still dissecting some of the major announcements the search giant made in order to share them with you. Today was day two of the conference in Mountain View, California, and we have some news to share in regards to Smart Displays, which were first announced back at CES 2018.
Earlier in the week at CES 2018 in Las Vegas, Google announced Smart Displays. Smart Displays are Google Assistant speakers made by third-parties that have a built-in display. Announcing the first batch on the show floor were Lenovo, LG and JBL. Here’s a roundup of what’s coming and the details.
For a change in times, Google is making big announcements at CES. We’ve already heard about Google Pay, and now Google has announced ‘Smart Displays.’ These are essentially Google Home speakers with the Google Assistant that have a built-in display, and they’ll be made by various hardware partners. Think of them as a collection of Echo Show-like speakers, only powered by the Google Assistant and not Amazon Alexa.
A Bixby-powered smart speaker has been on the cards for a very long time. We’ve heard about the possibility a number of times, but now we’re getting what could be our first look at its design. Leaked images depict a round device with a camera, built-in display and rotating microphones. The pictures look to be from a patent, so this might not be the final design but rather an idea.
Google announced Smart Displays at CES 2018 near the start of the year. The search giant mentioned the idea would be open source for third-party OEMs to produce creations of their own. Later in the show, LG among a few others announced their plans to come out with a Smart Display. Since then, the race has been on for who could be first to reach the market to take on Amazon, who I can’t imagine is too happy following the [Read More]
Google made its mission to expand the Google Assistant to anywhere it could. And so far, the search giant has been doing a good job at keeping up with its competitor, Amazon. We learned lots about the Google Assistant at CES 2018 in January, and we’ll anticipate more at May’s Google I/O conference. Google’s latest move expands Google Assistant support to include more smart home IoT devices such as those from August.
Shortly after being on stage at MWC 2018 in Barcelona during Unpacked 2018 to announce the latest Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ smartphones, Samsung Mobile CEO DJ Koh confirmed a Bixby-powered smart speaker. The device that has been rumored for some time hasn’t made way to MWC 2018 for any kind of official introduction, but is being worked on back at Samsung Labs.
Last year, we reported that Samsung had confirmed a foldable device (Galaxy X) for 2018. CEO, D.J. Koh, confirmed this and per his announcement, Samsung is looking to begin production in 2018. While promising, we do have to consider this next step in screen technology as a big leap for the tech world overall which means we should not be hard on Samsung should the company take its time in perfecting the bendable device.